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Drawing on a wealth of sources, this volume brings England's Victorian era to life. Teachers, students, and interested readers can use this resource to examine Victorian life in a multitude of settings, from idyllic country estates to urban slums. Organized for easy reference, the volume provides information about the physical, social, economic, and legal details of daily life in Victorian England. Over sixty illustrations plus excerpts from primary sources enliven the work, which can be used in both the classroom and library to answer questions concerning laws, money, social class, values, morality, and private life.
Chapters in the work cover: traditional ways of life in town and country, social class, money, work, crime and punishment, the laws of daily life (marriage, divorce, inheritance, guardians, and bankruptcy), the development of a modern urban world (with railways, electricity, plumbing, and telephones), houses, food, clothing, shopping, the rituals of courtship and funerals, family and social life, education, health and medical care, leisure and pleasure, the importance of religion, and the impact of the Raj and the Empire. Historical contexts are explained and emphasis is placed on groups often invisible in traditional history: children, women both at work and at home, and people who led respectable, ordinary lives. A chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index complete the work. This valuable resource provides students, teachers, and librarians with all the information they need to recreate life in Victorian England.
"The meat of the book remains excellent. Mitchell is comprehensive, providing a tremendous amount of information that will be useful to historians and readers of nineteenth-century literature alike."
Catholic Library World
|Chronology: Chief Events of the Victorian Age in England|
|Introduction: The Victorians and Their World|
|1||A Brief History of Victorian England||1|
|2||The Foundations of Daily Life: Class, Tradition, and Money||17|
|4||Technology, Science, and the Urban World||71|
|5||Official Life: Government and the Law||87|
|6||Private Life: House, Food, and Clothes||109|
|7||Family and Social Rituals||141|
|9||Health and Medicine||189|
|10||Leisure and Pleasure: Holidays, Sports, and Recreation||209|
|11||Faith and Works: Religion and Reform||239|
|13||England and Empire||273|
|For Further Reading||299|
Posted July 24, 2012
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